Schedule at a Glance

Schedule at a Glance
Session descriptions can be found under the Sessions tab. 

This year’s conference will be held virtually and will focus on educational training for our member districts.  As an added bonus, all sessions will be recorded so you won’t miss out if you have two or more sessions during the same time you are wanting to see. Registered participants can earn up to 30 hours of continuing education credits if they watch all sessions. This is a level of education that has never been available in the history of MCEL.  Detailed clinic session descriptions will be available on Tuesday, September 8.

Thursday, October 15

8:00 am – 11:00 am:
Opening Session - Candidates for Governor, US Senate, US Congress and Superintendent of Public Instruction invited to participate

11:15 am - 12:15 pm:
- SAM Lessons Learned - Future Focused - SAM Executive Board Panel
- Title IX: Finding Clarity in Complexity
- Best Practices for Managing District Credit Cards
- Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force & Missing Persons Data Project (ISBC)

12:30 - 1:30 pm:
- Local, State and Federal Rural School Issues
- SAM Lessons Learned - Future Focused - SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program (LPLP) Collegial Learning Networks Lead Providers Panel
- MTSBA 2021 Legislative Platform
- Disinfection Technologies and Products for Schools and Public Facilities During the Current COVID-19 Crisis (MCS)

1:45 - 2:45 pm:
- Review of Funding During the Pandemic
- Equipment and Supplies that Schools Should Consider During the Current COVID Crisis
- What Every Board Member Should Know - Safety is a Top Priority for Board Members and School Leaders
- The Principal's Role in Insurance - MSGIA Insurance Services

Friday, October 16

9:00 – 10:00 am:
- Save Lives with Hope Squad
- COVID-19 Ongoing Challenges
- Crowdfunding Best Practices for K-12 School Business Officials
- Unemployment 101  - MTSUIP

10:15 - 11:15 am:
- Being Prepared for Emergencies in Schools
- The 3 "Ships": RelationShips, LeaderShip, and PartnerShips
- A Pirate's First Five: On the Open Sea
- 2020 Healthcare Trends/Being a Smart Shopper – MUST

11:45 am - 12:45 pm
- Election Planning Scenarios
- Best Practices for Planning and Managing School District Budgets
- MTDA and EdReady Update: October Update
- Exploring Your District’s Future Through Recent Montana School Building Projects – DA Davidson

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- Partners of MCEL: Lessons Learned, Future Focused
- School Health Program - School Administrative Rules: Public & Environmental Health
- Standards-based Grading and Reporting? No Way! Oh, Maybe?

If you have questions, please contact Karla Smerker at

Schedule subject to change